We settle into a sustainable workflow today as the lively Leo energy morphs into earthy Virgo. The sensitive Moon leads the charge as she slips into practical Virgo at 6:32 am EDT. We are more interested in operating efficiently behind the scenes than receiving accolades for getting the job done. Rational Mercury follows the Moon, returning to its home sign later this evening. Focusing intently on the details enables us to manage complex logistics.
You may begin a process of detaching from the busyness of social activities as yesterday’s fun becomes today’s distraction. An associate might criticize your behavior if he or she feels abandoned by your disappearing act. But you are not trying to escape; in fact, you’re doing whatever you can to increase your productivity over the days ahead. Don’t waste energy attempting to justify your temporary self-imposed isolation. Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Well done is better than well said.”
Today has started off with about two hours sleep while Peter has had much more. We headed to bed at about 5:00 am and I think that is becoming our new habitual bedtime. I seem to be doing OK so long as I keep an eye on my feet. Swollen feet only means that it is time for bed to lay down and relieve the pressure on my feet. Well now, it seems that there is one more reason to go to bed, eh?
Yesterday and today were much the same in terms of sleep and wakeful activities. I began working on a milk truck that is a Matchbox tanker truck. It is a Maisto Milk tanker that has a blue cab and a white with black blotches tank on it’s frame. I have yet to measure out the actual physical dimensions and scale in HO terms as to what it might actually be. Whether a pickup truck or larger is something I have to figure out.
I began working on the milk tanker by drilling off the frame with wheels. It was difficult to drill the one eighth inch drill by using a small pair of vicegrips. There were three holes to drill. One extended hole inside the cab had to be cut down to level the cab ceiling. A black plastic insert had made the windows and windshield. I cut and glued in clear plastic to make clear windows.
I started to make the interior of the cab with thin balsa wood set on the chassis. I had to make a fine fitting floor and dash to slide inside the cab below the clear plastic of the windows. The inside of the cab was painted with white enamel. There was dripping paint that ran onto the clear plastic windows. So, I had to remake the windows and windshield for the fourth time.
There was space on the sides of the chassis where fuel tanks could go. I roughed out plastic tubes of an approximate size. I had to cut ends for the two pieces of tube to complete the fuel tanks. Then I glued in the plastic tubes onto the chassis in the right place for fuel tanks. Only painting the fuel tanks is left to be done.
It has taken quite a bit of work to detail the wheels. First was the rough cut file used to change the cross cut tread on the wheels to a round the wheel alignment. It was hard to hold the little wheels with sufficient grip to file the plastic tread. I accidentally ground down hard onto my thumb nail and gouged a sizeable wound. When I finished filing the wheels, I rubbed ashes around the tread areas to mimic used tires. It looks great for all of that effort.
Back at working on the cab meant replacing the clear plastic windows. It was an effort to cut out replacement pieces of clear plastic. Then, I used tweezers to place the pieces of clear plastic onto preglued edges of the windows. Then, I used extra blobs of glue to anchor the newly placed pieces of clear plastic. It sounds so simple to explain and yet so difficult to do when actually performing the task of replacing the clear plastic windows.
I haven’t taken any pictures of the work I have done with the milk tanker. There are many habits that I have to pick up again now that I am working on detailing again. It is often crude work that takes only a few touchups to make good. And, it is something that I have historically photographed in a way to explain to kids on how to do things. That is my underlying intention, anyways.
Sleeping in Light
Babylon 5 is an epic as much as other epics like Startrek, Starwars, and other space programs. We all love to see the likely portrayals of what the future might be like only if. It is the only if part that sets the pace and background for those fictions we enjoy so much. But, what if it were true in the real sense of being true? Wouldn’t you care to know if there will be a future as predicted by our fictionalized accounts of possibilities written about by famous authors. I know I certainly hope the best of things for humanity despite what possibilities are balanced in the wings of fantastic stages set up for TV and Video alike.